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Omaha Survivor wins at Monticello

on 05/27/2016 2:00 AM
It is only fitting that on a weekend when we pause and honor those that have served and perished as members of our nation's military forces, the aptly named Omaha Survivor would prevail against all odds on Thursday at Monticello.    The son of Ideal Towne gallantly battled back from a break behind the gate and spotted the field 15 lengths at the start. In fact, at the quarter-mile...
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Balmoral Park now sold to Horse Shows

on 05/27/2016 2:00 AM
Three weeks after it was announced Balmoral Park was sold for $1.8 million to Rick E. Heidner's Balmoral Holding, it is now being reported the Chicago-area racetrack has instead been purchased by the New York-based horse-jumping events company Horse Shows In the Sun for $1.6 million. Although the sale to Balmoral Holdings was approve by a bankruptcy judge on May 3, the agreement was rejecte...
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Watch and wager on Elitlopp at Meadowlands

on 05/27/2016 2:00 AM
Sunday's Elitlopp Trot from Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden will be available via simulcast at the Meadowlands. The signal will be only available to on-track patrons, with wagering on races nine through 15. Race 9 is the first of the two Elitlopp eliminations, with an estimated post time of 9:22 a.m. (EDT). Doors open at 9 a.m.
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Monti graduates college, wins one at Buffalo

on 05/27/2016 2:00 AM
In Drew Monti's mind, there was no way he wasn't going to complete a unique daily double last Saturday, May 21.   His commencement ceremony from Canisius College in Buffalo was scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and he was slated to drive in eight events at Buffalo Raceway starting at 7 p.m. With college graduations tending to drag on and many photos to be taken afterwards, there was a chance ...
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Strong field set for Maxie Lee Invitational

on 05/27/2016 2:00 AM
 The 12th race on a power-packed program at Harrah's Philadelphia this Sunday is named after long time horsemen Maxie Lee.  A native of North Carolina, Lee made a name for himself as a trainer and driver in the Philadelphia area at Liberty Bell and Brandywine. He had back-to-back Delaware Valley Harness Horse of the Year winners in the mid-1970s with Black Gamecock and Valley Ken....
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Michelle Ruvola wins Billings Trot at Northfield

on 05/26/2016 2:00 AM
If you don't think that amateur drivers enjoy the competitions you'd be terribly mistaken. They race for sport and the love of the game. Take Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola, for instance. The business professional winged her way in from Chicago along with her dad, "Chicago George" Bonono, to drive in a mid-west region Billings Series trot at Northfield Park in greater Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday...
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With winners sitting out, new chances in NJSS

on 05/26/2016 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for 3-year-old trotters resumes on Friday night at the Meadowlands with leg two. The number of races mirrors last week with two filly divisions and a single colt contest but the players have changed significantly with the winners of all three races remaining in the barn this week, their spot in next week's finals secure.   The first $20,000 divisio...
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Dittmar looks for Maxie Lee double with JL Cruze

on 05/26/2016 2:00 AM
When horse owner Bill Dittmar Jr. visited the winner's circle with Anders Bluestone following the 2011 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational, it seemed like the moment of a lifetime.   On Sunday afternoon he returns to the same event at Harrah's Philadelphia with what seems like the horse of a lifetime.   Dittmar is among the owners of JL Cruze, who last year won 16 of 21 races...
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3FTs in Ohio Sires Stakes Sunday at Northfield

on 05/26/2016 2:00 AM
Three $40,000 divisions of Ohio-bred filly trotters will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Sunday night in the second leg of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds. First race post time is 6 p.m. (EDT).   The first leg of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) was contested May 6 at Miami Valley Raceway, with 27 horses of this age, gender and gait entered into three divisions. Ov...
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2YO McGold wins in 1:58 at The Meadows

on 05/26/2016 2:00 AM
Two year olds were in action Thursday morning at The Meadows as three races for first-year pacers and three races for first-year trotters lined up behind the gate in qualifiers.   McGold kicked off the action with a four-length, 1:58 score over six rivals, the fastest mile thus far in the abbreviated season for freshmen. The son of McArdle out of the Riverboat King mare Queen's...
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Elitlopp preview in new Weekend Preview!

on 05/26/2016 2:00 AM
Let's shift our attention east—way east—to Sweden for this week's free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. The famed double-heat Elitlopp Trot will be contested Sunday at the Solvalla Racetrack and our foreign correspondent Klaus Koch has an inside look at this year's race and who the contenders are. Also, Kathy Parker talked to Russell Williams, who bred Nuncio, who has been tabbed by ...
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PHHA sets up $100,000 Driver Challenge

on 05/26/2016 2:00 AM
Summer is heating up at Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with the addition of a $100,000 Driver Challenge series.   A $40,000 top prize will be awarded to first place, with second through eighth place awards ranging from $4,000-$15,000.   The series will begin May 27, with the final set for Sunday, Sept. 18, at Harrah's. Points will be accumulated...
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Fat Man's Alley fattens up with Jackpot final win

on 05/25/2016 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Fat Man's Alley (Brian Sears, $2.70, part of entry) read the memo just in time Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $70,500 final of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series.   The series featured base $20,000 claiming males in three preliminary legs leading to this final.   A gapping third early from post position No. 3, the ‘Fat Man' saw Bubbie B...
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Jacobs hopes his "Missile" sinks Rooney foes

on 05/25/2016 2:00 AM
Ken Jacobs has enjoyed his share of success in harness racing, both on the national stage and at home in New York. He has campaigned horses such as Dan Patch Award winner Heston Blue Chip and stakes-winners Kenneth J, He's Gorgeous, Doctor Butch, Jewels In Hock, and Becca J, not to mention many other successful horses.   He hopes he can add Missile J to the list in the fut...
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Hunter Holton OHHA named OHHA intern

on 05/25/2016 2:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has announced that Hunter Holton, son of Ryan and Holly Holton, will be joining the OHHA as the 2016 summer intern. Holton is from Etna, Ohio, and just completed his sophomore year at the University of Notre Dame. A marketing major in the Mendoza School of Business, Holton's professional goal is to obtain a sports industry marketing position....
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Trainer fills "Q" race with 8 of 9 two year olds

on 05/25/2016 2:00 AM
Early maturing 2 year olds are beginning to get behind the starting gates at tracks. As of Wednesday, May 25, four 2 year olds had taken records, albeit in qualifying races.   On Wednesday morning at Hawthorne Race Course, trainer Robert Phillips sent out eight of nine "babies" with the filly Just Doit Queeny winning by 2 1/2 lengths in 2:00.3. Just Doit Queeny i...
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Wanna Rock N Roll wires field at Buffalo

on 05/25/2016 2:00 AM
It's only been two weeks since Wanna Rock N Roll arrived in Western New York from Yonkers Raceway but she has learnedquickly that racing on the front end is the right thing for her to do. In her second start of the season at the Buffalo Raceway, Wanna Rock N Roll ($3.60) again made every step a winning one in taking the featured $9,000 pace for the mares on Wednesday night (May 25). ...
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TSM Photo Bugger earns win in Meadows feature

on 05/25/2016 2:00 AM
  TSM Photo Bugger moved first over to gain better position, then brushed again in the lane to capture Wednesday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Lady's Dude. When the pocket-sitting Classicality gapped, TSM Photo Bugger slipped into the two hole and kept the pressur...
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Miss Versatility splits contested at Mohawk

on 05/24/2016 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit trotting mares capped off an eventful May long weekend Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The first leg of the Miss Versatility Series featured two $30,000 divisions. The series for older trotting mares stops at Mohawk twice, the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs before wrapping up with the final on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.   A scratch in each ...
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I'm Some Graduate wins PA Stallion in 1:51.3

on 05/24/2016 2:00 AM
Five $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the fastest winner was I'm Some Graduate, a royally-bred colt whom at one point last year many thought might one of Pennsylvania's overall best, winning his seasonal debut in 1:51.3.   When you have a ...
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